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Hawai`i Ranked as Worst State for Driving

Hawai`i is the worst state in the United States for driving, according to a study by WalletHub. The study took into account 23 different factors, including gas prices, rush hour traffic, and road quality. Hawai`i is ranked below Washington State and Maryland. The best states for driving are Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.

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Arrest warrant issued for man who refused to address Maui judge in English

Speaking Hawaiian inside a Maui courtroom could land a Kula man behind bars. Trial for a Haleakala telescope protestor was scheduled to start at District Court in Wailuku Wednesday morning but it didn’t get very far. 51-year-old defendant Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo identified he was present in court, speaking Hawaiian instead of English. When presiding Judge Blaine Kobayashi told Kaeo he …

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Why didn’t I receive an alert on my phone for tsunami watch?

Less than two weeks after Hawaii’s chaotic brush with a false missile alarm, a major earthquake off Alaska triggered a tsunami watch for the Hawaiian Islands. The magnitude 7.9 quake struck south of Anchorage at around 11:31 p.m. Monday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch within 15 minutes. Gov. Ige and other state and county officials met …

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Lawmakers hold informational briefing on false missile warning

It’s the single event many still want answers to. Nearly a week after the State’s false alarm, Hawaii lawmakers are putting the pressure on officials in charge.  The governor, a pair of generals and HI-EMA’s Vern Miyagi were the targets of those questions. Keep in mind, the investigation into that event that sent the state into panic is ongoing. Still, …

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Advisors from the Federal Communications Commission are in Hawaii looking for answers after Saturday’s false alert

The State’s mistaken missile alert sent panic across Hawaii, it also reached Washington D.C. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced soon after of an investigation of the false message. “The chairman said that this event is unacceptable and that it has damaged public confidence in the system in particular. I think we’re looking into why there was a …

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What you need to know if you didn’t receive Saturday’s emergency alert

If you didn’t receive the emergency alert Saturday on your phone, you’re not alone.  While many across the state received the warning, others didn’t find out about the scare until that evening. University of Hawaii technology expert Brian Chee, says more than 100 wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint volunteer to participate in the Wireless Emergency Alerts Program. “Authorized …

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Hawaii emergency officials release timeline of false ballistic missile alert

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed that there was no ballistic missile threat and there were no computer hacks to the HI-EMA system. The cause of the false alarm was human error. The following is a synopsis of what occurred: Approx. 8:05 a.m. – A routine internal test during a shift change was initiated. This was a test that involved …

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Flu epidemic: Hawaii usually about 1-2 months behind mainland

The flu season on mainland continues to rapidly spread to near-epidemic levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. RELATED LINK: CDC official on why the flu is near-epidemic, peaking early this year So far the flu is already widespread in 46 states, but currently here in Hawaii, it’s not as severe. “When we do see a rise in flu …

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Report: Nearly half of Hawaii’s households unable to make ends meet

According to a new report from Aloha United Way, nearly half of Hawaii’s households can’t make ends meet. Zi Jun Liu, a senior at McKinley High School, has already learned real-life lessons about living in the islands. “We have X-amount of money to spend at the end of the week, and my parents will have to figure out how to …

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Kula woman plans move to mainland to find liver donor

A Maui woman may soon move far away from the Valley Isle – relocating in the heart of the continental U.S. All for a new liver. “I remember I woke up just feeling really horrible,” said Jessica Vares. “My body was aching. I couldn’t keep anything down. Fever, everything.” 24-year-old Vares might’ve felt horrible, but the early morning call she …

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